2016 here – this year SOON!
Friends of Rentiesville Blues and Selby Minner are proud to announce a full line-up of local, regional and national actsfor the 25th annual Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival, slated for Labor Day weekend. The festival will be held at the old Minner family-farm-turned-venue, the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame on Sept 4 – 6th.
20i5 HEADLINERS INCLUDE (also check schedule page)
Johnny Rawls. . . Filmore Slim. . .Joanna Connor
The Best of the Best; the Cream of the Crop
B R E A K D O W N . . .
B a n d B I o s
Danny Timms OBHOF (toured 11 years with Kris Kristofferson, several months with Bonnie Raitt)
the ROXY Spotlight group – 21 and under led by Michael Anthamatten 5 young women who PLAY!
Sunsetter and the Jazzy Blues Men Band with Ms Sunset the one and only Ms ‘Spank Me Baby’ in OKC
Direct Connect OKC’s Showcase
Joann McMillan the Puppet Lady will be back with costumes in the Kid’s Village – and big big bubbles
Layce Baker Jr.
Dylan Whitney age 19 with his ‘new’ band … not a solo anymore!
Uncle Blues with Freddy Rice
GOSPEL Sunday at 6 pm Main Stage – free for seniors – Rev Tony Wise’s VOPBC Men’s Choir, LadyDee Donna great vocals.
Danny Cox Brother’s Dupree with Sista Sarah Wade from Lawton to rock the house
From Across the Nation
Jimmy Preacher Ellis – Despite picking up and moving a lot over his career (Seattle, LA, Honolulu, New Orleans, Tulsa, and Dallas have all at one time been been home), Jimmy “Preacher” Ellis is “an Arkansas soul brother” by birth, and an OBHOF inductee.
Bat- Or Kalo – smoky vocals and stinging lead guitar . . . lives here and from Israel originally!
Berry Harris – the voice of the Blues in Wichita KS many years originally out of Stringtown OK
Roger Hurricane Wilson OBHOF out of Georgia, toured over a million miles
Baby Ray Mucker OBHOF was born in Slick OK and raised in Stockton CA, he lived and worked out of Hugo for years and now fronts Soul Magnetic. His track record includes playing behind Bobby Blue Bland, BB King, Ray Charles, The Whispers, Betty Wright and Billy Preston.
Layce Baker Jr. OBHOF and Black Diamond with his son Layce Baker III on keyboard. From Pittsburg Ca and Quinton OK. . .Cruise ships, Lowel Fulson, many more
Miss Blues from OKC – and Direct Texas in good health and ready to shout the blues!
Oklahoma Ollie in from Los Angeles with his band soulful West Coast Blues w Oklahoma roots.
Selby Minner has been fatured in Living Blues Magazine, on Black Entertainment Television, the Oprah Winfrey Show, OETA and NPR. She has performed with Albert Collins, Lowell Fulsom, Drink Small, Little Johnny Taylor, Hubert Sumlin, Tony Mathews, and opened for Koko Taylor, Albert King, Bobby Bland and Buddy Guy among others. Selby has been inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame housed in Rentiesville and the Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center through the Larry Johnson Foundation. Selby is a seasoned and fun blues singer/bassist who is working with guitar slinger Dan Ortiz on lead. She toured non-stop for 12 years with blues legend D.C. Minner across the US and over to Belgium and Holland before settling at his birthplace of Rentiesville, Oklahoma. There they established the Down Home Blues Club and founded the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival around 1990, both which continue on to this day. The Festival has gained national attention, and presents more than 200 blues musicians for three days every labor Day Weekend.
Selby grew up in East Providence RI and followed her passion for performing blues music to Berkeley CA where she first competed with and later joined forces with the older blues man. “You are my best student,” he said, years later. She is carrying on the tradition they forged together over 31 years, D.C. having worked as a bassist with legends Feddie King, O.V. Wright, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. The music is Blues, Rhythm and Blues and early Blues based rock. Johnny B Goode, The Thrill is Gone, Lean On Me, My Girl, Stand By Me – standards which have defined the blues – roll off the stage – Jimi Hendrix and originals as well.
Selby has been continuing on and running the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival with the help of the non-profit FOR Blues Inc and lots of friends since 2008 when D.C. Minner passed. She continues to teach bass and guitar, and to do residencies in schools across the state together with Dan OK Slim Ortiz and her band. She and D.C. together won the KBA (Keeping the Blues Alive) in Education Award from the Memphis based international Blues Foundation in 1999.
Blues on the Move, with it’s warm and enthusiastic performances, is loved by people of all ages. The band covers a full range of beats, melodies and emotions.
Selby’s lead player
DAN ‘OKLAHOMA SLIM’ – Julio Daniel Ortiz Jr.
is the guitarist for Selby and Blues on the Move out of Rentiesville OK. He is an inductee into the Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center on Lincoln in OKC, through the Larry Johnson Foundation. Born in Chicago and raised in Lawton OK he had his band Starflight when he was stationed in Germany, where he married Dagmar and had a daughter, Angela, who was born in the States in Lawton at Fort Sill. . Starflight toured Army bases across that country. He returned to the US and also ran a home town version of Starflight in Lawton. Dan moved to Texas and later Florida. He played music there for 18 years. His guitar work is nuanced and powerful, and is influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Freddie King, B.B. King, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Leon Blue (keyboardist for BB King and on most Blues Cruises) says “That man can play that guitar!” Joe Mack wrote “Incredible guitar!!” contact: 918.680-0210 and 918-855-0978
World Class Headliners Rentiesville Festival 20145
Johnny Rawls Soul Artist of the Year Memphis International Blues Foundation. . charms the ladies and the men love him too! Red Cadillac is his hit.. also I Say Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes! You have seen him here before – and this year he is helping us celebrate number 25.
The Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival will take place from Friday Sept 4th until Sunday Sept 6th from 5 pm until 5 am. Presented in Rentiesville at the D.C. Minner Museum and OBHOF, 422978 John Hope Franklin Blvd. Tickets are $15 per person per day with children ages 12 and younger free. For more information on tickets, performance times, camping, or volunteering, visit the website www.dcminnerblues.com or call 918 855 0978
When D.C. and Selby Minner started the Blues Festival in 1991, someone who lived there said “no one can find Rentiesville – not even Little Johnny Taylor” wrong! 700 people came in that Sunday afternoon. Little Johnny Taylor and 6 other bands put on an awesome show.
A couple of festivals later Selby was talking to the Blues Foundation in Memphis. They said “Blues Festival? –we didn’t know there was any Blues in Oklahoma.” (!!) But when they sent their writer, he wrote in their newsletter “Suffice it to say ‘all night party’ is a pretty apt description, – this Festival is a must-see to say you are in touch with the Blues scene in this country today!” Rentiesville rocks!
One year it rained on us and fans were calling it the Blues Woodstock.
You keep music alive by enjoying it… and Blues is some of the best party music ever created. “Hey Everybody, Let”s Have Some Fun!” “Gonna Rock this place tonite … all nite long…we ain’t never going home!”
Minner on the Festival:
“Well, if you do something long enough, eventually you hope you get good at it, and I am really proud of this year’s lineup! This is a community of music lovers. It has been a hard year for people…so much rain, and lots of stress…just watch the news… people need to come together and share the love. Nothing brings people together like music, particularly Blues, and the Festival draws a wide variety of people from near and far… everybody is here…and we hope you will mark your calendars and be here too!”
NEW THIS YEAR
SPECIAL CD Project funded by the OAC – Checotah High School’s Rt 66 Big Band headed by Jim Davis OBHOF and Roger Hurricane Wilson OBHOF. is for sale at Headquarters
AND Volunteer Sponsor Party Under the Tent THURSDAY nite with – as a thank you to Sponsors and the ’20 hour pre-fest volunteers’
It takes a lot to do a Blues Festival – come HELP early, meet people, and start the night BeFoRe!
D.C. Minner Rentiesville MUSEUM –Opened recently!! and the Honey Springs Visitor and Research Center across the street to the NE is now under construction!
She was named 2015 Best Female Blues Vocalist by Blues Society of Tulsa, and has shared the stage with Tab Benoit, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Moreland & Arbuckle, Mr. Sipp, Kris Lager Band, and Andy Frasco. PTB was recently selected to play the inaugral G Fest, an eclectic Muskogee festival which featured Marty Stuart, Avett Brothers, Swon Brothers, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and many more.Originally brought in just for the Hound Dog Blues Festival in 2014, the horn section- Rod Clark (trombone), Dave Johnson (trumpet, flugelhorn), and Victor Anderson (sax) had such a blast they joined the band. Patti and Charley were ecstatic because they had been dreaming of just that thing. The trio, now known as Monkey Fist Horns, say that Patti’s powerful voice drew them in along with the unique selection of the material, and the caliber of the other musicians in the band.Together, Rod, Dave, and Victor plug into many different bands. They comprise the lead section players of the Starlight Jazz Band, the Tulsa Jazz Orchestra, and the Brady Orchestra. Individually, they have performed with The Temptations, Frank Sinatra Jr., Lynard Skynyrd, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Lawrence Welk, Wayne Newton, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bugs Henderson, and Tulsa native Toni Estes.
Twenty-two-year-old prodigy Brady Hoover first took up guitar at age ten under the instruction of Tonk Edwards, a member of the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame. Talent runs in his genes- his grandpa played in a band that opened for Jerry Reed and Mel Tillis. He earned his stripes in PTB by learning 16 songs in 2 weeks to performance level for his audition with the band, and blew everyone away. He also sings lead/back-up vocals, and is a singer-songwriter on his own time.
Accountant by day, seasoned R&B bassist by night, Jim Loftin has spent much of his career as a go to bassman, picking up tours and one nighter’s with names everyone would recognize. He works with the Monkey Fist horn section regularly doing big band jazz gigs, and plays at his church. An incredibly humble player (as the best often are), Jim adds a keen wit to the group, and will randomly tell a hilarious joke that will have everyone in splits.
Steve Pounds is “solid as a rock.” His 50 years of experience behind the drum kit is obvious, as his presence is never lost in the crowd. Steve was voted Best Rhythm by the Blues Society Of Tulsa. Steve has spent time both on the road touring and at home supporting local musicians. You will often find Steve giving his time to benefits and fundraising event helping everyone from fallen musicians to our veterans. He currently plays with The Salty Dogs, The Hero Band, G-Force, and the Sitting Ducks.
Patti’s voice tells the story with an unapologetic fervor, echoed by the band‘s cry. Charley is incredibly smooth and harmonic, and Brady plays with ease and a natural flair way beyond his years. The rhythm section lays a groove thick enough you couldn’t fall off of it if you tried. The horns coloring everything with the brilliance only brass can supply. They play as a unit, and emotions flow out of them easily and with a strength that is greater than the sum of its parts. This is the band at its very best, fierce, fun, and their skills shining bright. Some may say it’s all been done before, but it’s never been done quite like this. Patti Taylor Band puts a fresh breath of soul, rhythm, and blues into their music. They will draw you in, hold you close, and leave you wanting more.
NEW- D.C. Minner Rentiesville Museum open Sundays 1 – 5 & during the Festival
HAROLD ALDRIDGE Dr. Harold Aldridge March 3, 2014 Aldridge sings the blues Dr. Harold Aldridge is a retired professor of psychology at NSU in Tahlequah. Tahlequah Daily Press By RENEE FITE Special Writer TAHLEQUAH — The gray is beginning to cover his once-black hair, and it shows when the tall, lanky musician adjusts his black felt cowboy hat. He’s admits to being a little nervous. To keep his hands busy and mind occupied before the show begins, he tunes his guitar, glancing around the room, waving or nodding to friends. “An Evening of Blues Music,” presented at Webb Tower by Dr. Harold Aldridge, professor emeritus of psychology at Northeastern State University, was in observance of Black History month. After a brief introduction and enthusiastic applause, Aldridge began with a joke. “As the milk cow said to the dairy man, ‘Thanks for the warm hand,’” he said. For the next hour, the audience was taken on a journey through black history via the blues, from deep in the Mississippi Delta, to Alabama, the East Coast, Kansas City, Oklahoma, Texas and California. “I’m going to tell you the history of blues, and hopefully, it will be entertaining,” Aldridge said. “I stick with the old stuff, from Memphis, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.” According to Aldridge, blues music is evolving. “It’s almost like rock in some places; I guess next we’ll have rap blues,” he said. As his story unfolded, the audience learned the blues has changed with varying locations and situations. “The blues originated in West Africa and came here as a feeling, the soul of it, the spirit of high John the Conqueror,” said the Aldridge. “Guitars and banjos came, too.” Aldridge said his dad sang the old blues songs, and his granddad told stories, as did his aunties, of their history and growing up in the black community of Taft. He also learned all styles of blues as he played guitar with friends of his father, some of the old men around town. “When the slaves worked in the fields doing the same thing every day, they sang out field hollers and chants that built on one another,” said Aldridge. “Along with work songs, spirituals and gospel, they developed into the blues.” Through the songs, they would built one another up, he said. His grandfather worked for Midland Valley Railroad in Muskogee from 1920 to 1945. “He was a gandy dancer, part of a crew of six men who built the railroad track with a pick and an ax,” Aldridge said. “They unloaded gravel by hand, then carried heavy rails and had to line them up. They used the cadence of songs to line it up right.” Throughout the performance, Aldridge mentioned several blues men, his favorites, then played a song typical of that singer’s style, telling stories about him. “Robert Johnson’s deep Delta blues opened up the door for other blues musicians. The deep blues of the South reflects life and death, hard work and hard times,” he said. “As blues left Mississippi and Alabama and filtered, it was changed by the music already there. On the east coast, it became Piedmont blues, a softer sound with more picking to it. In the Chicago-style blues of Jimmy Reed, it was a rolling style: simple, basic stuff. The audience knew his songs and sang along.” Aldridge related the story of R.A.L. Burnside, who spent time in prison for murder. “He denied killing anyone, saying, ‘I did mean to shoot the guy in the head, but his dying was between him and God,’” said Aldridge. “These guys were a different breed of cats.” In Texas, they played a single note, picking blues-style. When blues made it to the West Coast, it had more of a jazz style – like T-Bone Walker, from whom Chuck Berry got his moves. “Oklahoma was a crossroads from Kansas City, to Texas and California,” he said. “How did blues get to Oklahoma? There were blacks who came in shackles with the Five Civilized Tribes, and after the Civil War, tribes were in flux. And there were Freedmen.” The tribes tried to make the territory an Indian state. “But ‘the Man’ saw too many resources for that to happen, he said. “State negroes, born in the U.S., came to Oklahoma territory because it was supposed to be a free state. They were just gamblers enough to believe it would be an open free state.” With the Dawes Commission, many freedmen got land, the same as Indians. “Former slaves and Indians knew nothing about owning little parcels of land; they believed all the land was open and so the land got away from them real quick,” said Aldridge. More family stories followed, including a song written for his grandfather, Buddy Wells, who was a quadroon: a quarter black and three-quarters white. Wells was raised under the tutelage of his white father. His aunties said when the father died, the whites considered Buddy to be “uppity” when he wouldn’t stay in his place, so he left ahead of a mob and set up a home in Taft. Blues songs are born from coping with such situations. “I’m going to sing a song about race, money, politics and sex,” Aldridge said, “So if you don’t like one part of the song, hold on to it and I’ll get to something you’ll like.” Inviting the standing-room-only audience to sing the chorus, he sang, “I had the blues so bad one time; it put my face in a permanent frown; now, I’m feelin’ so much better; I could cakewalk into town.” And like many a blues song, the evening ended with hope and humor. Ben Kracht, chair of the Cherokee and Indigenous Studies, and the NSU History Department, sponsored the event. “I’ve always been a fan of blues music,” Kracht said. “Harold knows the history of the songs and the stories that go with it.” Carl Farinelli, musician and professor, said he shows a video of Aldridge to his American Song as Literature class. “He knows, and takes you back to the roots of the blues from work hollers – rhythms built on work that the poorest folk did in those days,” Farinelli said. “He takes you down a historical blues road. Very few people know that road the way Harold does.” Mike McKinney Son of the great Oklahoma City pianist /educator we inducted last year, June McKinney, and “Road bassist for the Jacksons (recommended by Nate Watts). Credited on the Jacksons album Triumph [Epic, 1980], and is the bassist heard on Jacksons: Live [Epic, 1981].” Mike was playing a five string bass when it was still a novelty and has been around the world on tour twice with Michael Jackson.
JIMMY PREACHER ELLIS and many more to be announced – please check back!